Marli is at it again with another mock draft, this time the Packers enter into some trades to stockpile picks on a team that definitely has some holes to fill (free agency notwithstanding). Here it is Packer Nation:
Trade breakdowns: 1/30 to MIA for 2.16, 3.14, 4.14
3.14 (MIA) to NYJ for 3.31, 4.3
4.16 to DEN for 4.23, 5.23 via HOU
7.12 to SEA for 7.21, 7.23 via HOU
1.12 Clelin Ferrell
DE Clemson 6’5’’ 260lbs
2018 stats: 11.5 sacks 3 forced fumbles 2 passes defensed 29 solo tackles (55 total)
A dynamic athlete blessed with ideal physical traits. Ferrell is a potent pass rusher with a high football
IQ. Finds multiple ways to consistently reach the passer be it through a spin move or inside rush
technique or by using precise timing to counter offensive tackles’ punches. Excellent gap discipline when
playing the run with good instincts when analyzing blocking schemes. Ferrell is a 3-down pass rusher
who can make an immediate impact on any team he ends up with. Given Nick Perry’s limited availability
it seems time to find a quality edge rusher who can help with the run game the way Perry can when he is healthy.
2.12 Cody Ford
OG/OT Oklahoma 6’4’’ 330 lbs
Extremely balanced and agile lineman considering his size. Can seal edge rushers and exceptionally
powerful against the bull-rush. May have some issues with speed rushers due to less than stellar
footwork but has the length and agility to stand his ground. Physically dominant against pac-12
matchups. Super athletic, flexible, mauler-mentality. “Plays with intent to put you in the grave.”
2.16 (Trade from MIA) Johnathan Abram
FS Mississippi St. 6’0’’ 215 lbs
2018 stats: 3 sacks 1 forced fumble 2 interceptions 4 passes defensed 47 solo tackles (90 total)
Outstanding size and length for a safety. Highly functional in soft zone schemes— Abram is a physical
and aggressive defender. Limited in man-coverage but has enough range to cover tight ends. Physical
finisher, plugs gaps in blitz schemes and could be successful as a nickel linebacker. Overly aggressive
when attempting to make tackles can cause him to whiff. Abram is not a burner but would be best
suited in a cover-2 scheme.
3.11 D’Andre Walker
OLB Georgia 6’3’’ 245 lbs
2018 stats: 7.5 sacks 4 forced fumbles 3 passes defensed 23 solo tackles (45 total)
D’Andre Walker is a polished run defender with the physical traits to aid in his success as a pass rusher in
the NFL. Strong motor that always runs hot and plays with an urgency. Lots of upside in his pass-rush but
lacks finesse and needs development. A part-time player for Georgia with impressive production, Walker
could use some training and experience playing alongside some of the more veteran pass-rushers on the
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team. Will likely see fewer snaps immediately or first-down usage as his pass-rush is slightly limited.
Raw talent who will need to be coached up.
3.31 (Trade from NYJ) Deebo Samuel
WR South Carolina 6’0’’ 210 lbs
2018 stats: 62 receptions for 882 yds 11 TDs
Kick Return stats (career): 43 attempts for 1216 yds (28.3 yds/attempt) 4 career TDs
Smooth route runner, can sell any route to establish leverage. Can trick corners and easily finds space in
soft zone coverage. Sticky hands—tons of tape showing him plucking the ball out of the air. Lacks some
length and catch radius but showed an outstanding ability to contort his body to make difficult catches.
Exceptional vision to find space and gain YAC—quick, elusive and agile. Can play outside or in the slot
and is capable of taking hand offs in the backfield and has proven to be a strong kick returner. He also
has two career passes that both went for TDs so his versatility is a highlight.
4.3 (Trade from NYJ) Kaleb McGary
OT Washington 6’6’’ 318 lbs
An excellent athlete for his size, McGary has an insanely powerful punch. He is instinctual, powerful
enough to take double teams 8 yds+ down the field. Uses his kick-slide to maximize his length and
punch. Hand grip and location can be a bit inconsistent but his technique is sound. Although he is
surprisingly agile, McGary was not tested by speed rushers much at Washington and struggled against
inside counters often resulting in his surrendering pressure. Can be caught playing too tight to the guard
and doesn’t always finish blocking once he gains leverage causing him to lose the battle. McGary lacks
the foot quickness and mobility against quicker defenders and may benefit from a move to guard. Also
has a lot of potential in the run game—able to move defenders and pave lanes—just needs to improve
his pad level and hand placement.
4.12 Juan Thornhill
SS Virginia 6’1’’ 195 lbs
2018 stats: 6 interceptions 7 passes defensed 62 solo tackles (98 total)
Thornhill has experience both at safety and cornerback but excels in coverage through various
techniques. Natural feel for zone spacing to disrupt throwing windows but can also succeed in mancoverage where his size works to his benefit. Some limitations when it comes to recovery speed, foot
quickness and covering faster receivers out of the slot. More well suited to cover tight ends and bigbodied possession receivers. Thornhill has excellent ball skills and he is a strong physical tackler. Mobile
and smart enough to cover hash to hash and able to play in the box. A tape study guru—he recognizes
route patterns and is rarely caught out of position. A top communicator and leader for the Cavaliers,
Thornhill is smart and methodical, although this could be his downfall as he at times seems too busy
processing to take decisive action.
4.14 (Trade from MIA) Hakeem Butler
WR Iowa St 6’6’’ 225 lbs
2018 stats: 60 receptions for 1318 yds 9 TDs
Incredibly long frame, wide shoulders, long arms and strong hands. Huge catch radius with the
ability to catch over-the-shoulder, back-shoulder, and contested balls. Physical and effective
gaining YAC. Difficult to tackle and an excellent 3rd down weapon. Great blocker with very high
energy. Not the most agile, and his route running could use work—better at using his size as
leverage and driving the ball through contact.
4.23 (Trade from DEN) Myles Gaskin
RB Washington 5’10’’ 193 lbs
2018 stats: 259 attempts for 1268 yds 12 TDs, 21 receptions for 77 yds 1 TD
Crafty, decisive, and nuanced as well as highly productive; Gaskin is Washington’s all-time leading rusher
and all-time leading scorer. His outstanding field vision, decisive running, and his ability to be elusive all
factor in to his consistent production. Although Gaskin was the starting back in college, he would be best
suited for a rotational role. Not a power back but his play strength is admirable given his size. Not overly
dynamic in terms of agility or shiftiness but does extremely well to wriggle his way out of contact.
Competitive in pass protection but his size doesn’t allow him to truly anchor against speed and power.
Has flashed the ability to win out of the backfield and in the slot but was not used in the passing game
much by Washington. Shows decent hands but has trouble with contested catches. Would offer the kind
of one-two punch that could be devastating when paired with Aaron Jones who has not proven to be as
durable as the Packers would like.
5.12 Maxx Crosby
DE Eastern Michigan 6’5’’ 247 lbs
2018 stats: 7.5 sacks 3 forced fumbles 1 interception 3 passes defensed 30 solo tackles (69 total)
A prospect worth investing in, Crosby has numerous traits that make him an intriguing draftee. His
length and excellent hand use allow him to play with finesse in space and to defeat blocks before the
point of contact. Ample room in his frame to grow, he lacks some mass but is such an overachiever that
his production is a testament to his technique. Functional strength is lacking but plays with a lot of
effort. Wingspan is a highlight and shows up while tackling giving him opportunities to punch the ball
out but often needs more oomph to make it stick.
5.23 (Trade from HOU) Terrill Hanks
OLB New Mexico St 6’3’’ 235 lbs
2017 stats: 7 sacks 3 forced fumbles 2 interceptions 6 passes defensed 50 solo tackles (108 total)
Hanks moved from safety to linebacker his senior year and although he does have limitations due to his
inexperience his coverage abilities shine due to that transition. Plays with a sense of urgency but shows
shortcomings taking on blocks and processing. Athletic enough to follow RBs and TEs around the field
reading the backfield and disrupting throwing lanes. Inconsistent tackler – frequently over/under
pursues. Most of his success beating blocks is due to athletic prowess, not sound technique or overt
power. Relentlessly pursues the football – flying downhill in a blitz or taking on a gap. Tape is
inconsistent and littered with misreads – likely due to his inexperience. Hanks has no issues covering
ground and can work sideline to sideline. Range, size and cover skills could make Hanks an asset on
passing downs and special teams.
6.12 Hamp Cheevers
CB Boston College 5’10’’ 180 lbs
2018 stats: 7 interceptions 1 forced fumble 6 passes defensed 28 solo tackles (40 total)
Although Hamp only started one season for the Eagles he ended up the co-leader in interceptions with 7
on the year. Cheevers received All American Honors for his play. only 35 receptions out of the 74 thrown
his way allowing just 5.5 yds per target and a 26.4 pass rating. Since there is only tape on him for one
season there are a lot of questions about his play style and abilities. A good combine may shoot him up
6.21 Tony Pollard
WR/RB Memphis 6’0’’ 200 lbs
2018 receiving/rushing stats: 39 receptions for 458 yds 3 TDs, 78 rush attempts for 552 yds 6 TDs
Kick return stats (career): 89 attempts for 2616 yds (29.4 yds/attempt) 7 TDs
Shifty, speedy offensive utility knife. Pollard was not consistently asked to play receiver so his route
running ability still needs work. Suffered from drops at Memphis. Pollard is best used as a receiver out of
the backfield – either in the screen game or a sweep. Compared to a James White or Curtis Samuel,
adding some weight will help but he has all the physical tools to excel in the NFL. Tony is a special teams’
gem with 7 career kick return touchdowns and over 2500 yds in kick returns alone. Even bringing him in
to compete with Trevor Davis would be worthwhile.
7.21 (Trade from SEA) Kevin Givens
DT Penn St 6’1’’ 283 lbs
2018 stats: 5 sacks 19 solo tackles (33 total)
Givens started the last 16 games for the Nittany Lions, fighting through double teams able to log 10.5
tackles for loss and 5 sacks in 2018. Disruptive enough on the inside to aid his fellow DT Robert Windsor
in reaching 7.5 unexpected sacks for the season. Coach Franklin couldn’t speak more highly of Givens
and his versatility being an asset to the team.
7.23 (Trade from HOU) Ryan Bee
DT Marshall 6’7’’ 280 lbs
2018 stats: 4.5 sacks 2 forced fumbles 2 passes defensed 14 solo tackles (36 total)
A starter from his redshirt freshman year on—Bee was a consistent force for the Herd. Despite being
kicked inside as the nose tackle, he displayed the athleticism necessary to be effective against the run
and in pursuit of the quarterback. Will likely need to add weight to his frame but towering at 6’7’’ he
uses his length effectively against blockers. Over his 4 years at Marshall he racked up 197 tackles (29.5
for loss) 18 sacks and 2 forced fumbles. Would be a versatile rotational player who has decent upside
considering his draft position.
So there you have it…a lot of moves, a lot of picks a lot of talent. Be sure and comment below or back on the facebook fanpage, and thanks Marli!